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    Opposition not waiting for ex-president's return

    November 26, 2004

    Levon Ter-Petrosian's interview after 6 years of silence has not
    caused sensation with the opposition representatives: National Unity
    (NU) and Justice bloc. This became clear during the parliamentary
    debriefing the other day.

    Secretary of the Justice bloc Victor Dallakian said the ex-president
    should be left to decide whether he is going to deal with
    politics. And the NU secretary Aleksan Karapetian said that
    Ter-Petrosian does not see his return in pol itics even in the depth
    of his soul. Karapetian reminded that Ter-Petrosian's party, Armenian
    National Movement (ANM) skipped its chance to stand next tothe
    opposition during the last elections. He also made a point that the
    current plight of the country is a heritage of Ter-Petrosian.

    Leader of the Republican Party of Armenia Galust Sahakian said that
    Levon Ter-Petrosian made a wrong start with the interview to the
    press. He also readdressed the question of Ter-Petrosian's possible
    return to politics to the very ex-president. He also asserted that the
    authorities had not stepped back onthe issue of Karabagh.

    ARF faction leader Levon Mkrtchian said that Ter-Petrosian's returnto
    politics is a matter of time. As to the ex-president's famous article
    `War or Peace' , Mkrtchian said that did not denounce the package
    solution, but only said that Armenia does not have an opportunity for
    that. `but today we do have that opportunity,' said Mkrtchian. As to
    discussing the Karabagh issue in EC, Mkrtchian expressed doubt that EC
    can seriously be involved in the process with its actual voting

    Orinats Yerkir Party representative Mher Shahgeldian also spoke about
    the importance of package solution to the Karabagh issue.